Pick up your appetizer game with these bite sized Nashville hot chicken and waffles.
Listen – jalapeno poppers are great and all, but we’ve been there and done that. Pigs in a blanket? Yawn. You need something that’s going to elevate your appetizer game to expert level. Like, an epic upgrade on chicken & waffles:
Ladies and gentlemen, these badass bite-sized nuggets of hot, crisp, sweet and salty will hit your taste buds in all the right places. Not to mention how damn impressive they are if you’re entertaining guests. Spicy morsels of Nashville hot fried chicken sitting atop a crisp waffle, topped off with a heat’n’sweet candied jalapeno.
The jalapeno is kind of the perfect finish – a little sweet to calm the burn but then a slight sting of heat to let you know what’s up. Besides, it’s kind of a great excuse to drink more beer and cool your mouth down. You can make your own candied jalapeños using this recipe – you may just find yourself adding them to all kinds of dishes.
If you buy the waffles already made (and frankly, I’m not even sure where you’d get a mini waffle iron anyway), these mini-snacks really aren’t that difficult to make. You’ll need to get yourself a thermometer to measure the temperature of the frying oil, which is going to make all the difference between crisp, golden nuggets instead of limp, oily ones.
Though they are best served hot, I’m pretty sure these would even taste great at room temp – picnic style. Plus, they’d suit a tailgate or any other kind of offsite event, because you can always pack each element individually, then just assemble them when you get there. Boom.
It’s chicken & waffles, but taken to the next level. Mini snack perfection, y’all.